YORK Township

~~families and homes~~

Clark County, Wisconsin


benedict / Lawrence / Windsor families

Jesse Lawrence Almeda (Benedict) Lawrence Horace Lawrence Sarah (Lawrence) Lindsley Zelina (Lawrence) Rowe Adonijah Benedict
At various times between the years 1873 and 1880, members of several families came from the Sheboygan and Fond du Lac County areas to Clark County and settled in central York Township.  One of those families included Jesse and Almeda (nee Benedict) Lawrence and four of their grown children: a son, Horace and his first wife, Lorinda (nee Windsor); a daughter, Zelina and her husband, William Rowe; another daughter, Sarah, and her husband, George Lindsley; and another son, Irvin, who passed away as a young man in 1882 and who was never married.  Horace's first wife, Lorinda passed away in 1875.  He then was re-married in 1876 to Edna Smithers, who was a daughter to William and Lois Smithers and a sister to Mrs. Albert Hales (Maggie).  Most of the Smithers and Hales families then came to York Township in the 1880s.  One of Horace and Lorinda Lawrence's daughters, Lillie, married John Vandeberg.  Likewise, one of Horace and Edna Lawrence's daughters, Lois, married Abram Vandeberg, a brother to John Vandeberg.

Several other relatives of Jesse and Almeda Lawrence also came to York Township during that time.  One of them was Almeda Lawrence's nephew, Adonijah Benedict.  Adonijah and wife, Clarissa (nee Bryant) settled in York with their four sons, Sanford, Adelbert, Charles and Fred.  In addition, Jesse Lawrence's sister-in-law, Sophronia (nee Windsor) Lawrence, came to York Township as a widow with her two children, Walter and Margaret Lawrence.  Sophronia's husband, Harvey (Jesse Lawrence's brother), had passed away in 1863 while serving in the American Civil War.  Sophronia Lawrence's son, Walter, married Mary Randall, who was a niece to George and Sarah (nee Lawrence) Lindsley.  Sophronia Lawrence's daughter, Margaret, married Sanford Benedict (as mentioned earlier, the son of Almeda Lawrence's nephew, Adonijah).  Sophronia herself, was re-married to another early York settler, Ed Bassett.  Although they later divorced, Sophronia Lawrence was commonly known as Sophronia Bassett in her later years.

Finally, another related family included Anson Windsor with four of his daughters and one son.  Two of Anson Windsor's daughters were previously mentioned; one being Sophronia Lawrence, the sister-in-law to Jesse Lawrence and the other being Lorinda Lawrence, who again was Horace Lawrence's first wife.  One of the other two Windsor daughters that settled in the York Township was Esther, whose husband was Samuel Livingston.  One of Samuel and Esther (nee Windsor) Livingston's daughter, Ella, married Ernest Lindsley, who was a son to George and Sarah (nee Lawrence) Lindsley.  Again, Sarah Lindsley was a sister to Horace Lawrence and a daughter to Jesse and Almeda (nee Benedict) Lawrence.  The other Livingston daughter, Bessie, married William "Pint" Turner.  Pint Turner was a son of Abel Turner, one of the earliest settlers of York Township.  Pint Turner's first wife was Bessie's cousin, Ida Lawrence, who was another daughter of Horace and Lorinda (nee Windsor) Lawrence.  She died in 1881 as the result of a shooting accident.  The fourth Windsor daughter was Jane and she married Joseph Palmer.  The Palmers were another family that settled York Township in the late 19th century.  Lastly, Anson Windsor's son, William, also came to York Township and married a young woman named Anna Gardner, the daughter of Wolfurd and Elizabeth Gardner. Like the Palmers, the Gardners were another early York Township family.

Compiled by Steven Lavey from Benedict / Lawrence / Windsor family records.





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